+ Frozen Lands & Infinite Sea
Driven by the challenges of climate change, plastic pollution, declining biodiversity and the disruption of vulnerable ecosystems
on (remote) islands through human intervention, I am looking for traces of the impact that the human species has left on nature.
Projects such as entering the Global Seed Vault on Svalbard, the semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent, as well as the odyssey through the South Atlantic Ocean, are expeditions where I investigate the relationship and conflict between man and nature from a number of different perspectives.
On this five-week expedition I crossed the South Atlantic Ocean by ship, from the southernmost city of the world Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Cape Verde Islands. I spent weeks on the open ocean, visited the most remote islands in the world and experienced beautiful fauna and flora. This odyssey shows you the pristine and untouched beauty of our fragile planet planet.
In 2017, I participated in a semi-circumnavigation around Antarctica, 5 weeks on the Southern Ocean, from Bluff (New Zealand) to Ushuaia, Argentina. I visited the Dry Valleys, three scientific stations and three huts of the famous British explorers Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, using helicopters and zodiacs.
For a long time the poles symbolised a pure, untouched world. A world hostile to humans, with temperatures that went deep below zero. Unknown, vast, inhospitable areas where storms roamed the plains and which killed many polar explorers and researchers.
Today, the poles are a symbol of global warming. Despite their immense surface, their vulnerability is at the forefront. Any increase in temperature by a fraction of a degree has an enormous impact on the ice masses and the glaciers and on the animals that found their biotope here.
In a barren, cold and secluded spot, only 1,000 km from the North Pole, a bunker was drilled deep into the rocks near Longyearbyen by the Norwegian government in Spitsbergen in 2008: a 130-meter-long tunnel that opens onto three spacious freezers with a temperature of -18° C.
Here, all crops in the world are collected to protect them against all types of disasters, to prevent species from extinction. A safe for the protection of biodiversity of our food crops.
Currently 890,886 different plant seeds are stored. The bunker has a total capacity to safeguard 4,5 million varieties. The biggest advantage of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is its unique location, far from potential disaster such as earthquakes and wars, protected deep into the permafrost. After eight months I was exceptionally admitted to enter the Vault.
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